Looking for a RV? Learn the lingo…

Most Pennsylvanians know that RVs and campers fall into two general categories, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. However to help you remember, we have compiled a list of the all the major classes of RVs.

Tow-able RVs, which are designed to be towed by a motorized vehicle (car, SUV, van or pickup truck) and are of such size and weight as not to require a special highway movement permit. They do not require permanent on-site hookup. These include folding camping trailers, truck campers, travel trailers and fifth-wheel travel trailers.

Motorized RVs, which are built on or as an integral part of a self-propelled motor vehicle chassis, combining transportation and living quarters in one unit. These include class A, B and C motor homes, which all must be driven to your destination.

Examples of each type are listed below.

Tow-able Trailers

  • folding camping trailer — A lightweight unit with sides that collapse for towing and storage. The folding camping trailer combines the experience of open-air tent camping with sleeping comforts, basic conveniences and weather protection found in other RVs.
  • truck camper — A unit loaded onto, or affixed to, the bed or chassis of a pickup. The truck camper is popular for back-road journeys, accessing remote locales and family recreational camping.
  • travel trailer — A unit designed to be towed by a car, van or pickup by means of a frame hitch, the travel trailer provides all the comforts of home and is perfectly adaptable for weekend getaways, family vacations and full-timing.
  • hybrid/expandable travel trailer – A lighter weight unit designed to provide you with hard sides that can be towed by a car, van, suv or truck by means of a frame mounted hitch. Provides the conveniences of a full size camper, but offsets the weight by having tip out, or fold down canvas tent end bedding areas.
  • fifth-wheel travel trailer — Designed to be affixed and towed by a pickup equipped with special hitch in the truck bed, these two-level units can provide the greatest living of all tow-able RVs. Fifth-wheel travel trailers come equipped with all the comforts of home, and are perfectly adaptable for weekend getaways, family vacations and full-timing.

Motorized Coaches

  • class A motorhome — Also commonly referred to as the conventional motor home, it is the largest, most luxurious of the motorized RVs — a virtual “home-away from-home” on wheels, fully loaded and equipped for short trips, lengthy vacations and full-timing. It’s entirely constructed on a bare, specially designed motor-vehicle chassis.
  • class B motorhome — Also commonly referred to as the van camper, it is a cargo van that has been customized to include temporary sleeping, eating and bathroom facilities.
  • class C motorhome — Sometimes referred to as a mini-motorhome, it provides the conveniences of a larger motorhome in a scaled-down version and at a lower price. It is built on an automotive manufactured van frame with an attached cab section.
Information found at RV Terminology by HGTV.

RV 2013 on HGTV

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RV 2013 on HGTV

HGTV’s RV 2013, filmed in September 2012, at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, PA.  Is set to debut on January 1st at 6pm (EST and PST). The program, hosted by Brandon Johnson, leads three families on the shopping trip of a lifetime as they search for their perfect RV.

“It was a delight, once again, to work with HGTV and the Nancy Glass Production Company to bring such an entertaining and informative program to so many people,” Rebecca Lenington, Executive Vice President of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association, which sponsors the RV Show, says. “We can’t wait to see the final product.”

The program, which airs on New Years’ Day, features the manufacturers and vendors which exhibited at America’s Largest RV Show in September. Lerch RV‘s Open Range display was filmed once again this past year. We are looking forward to the final cut as well to see if the Open Range 413RLL made the show.

 

Award Winning PA RV Dealership

Lerch RV was recently recognized as the #1 Sales Volume Dealer in the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast Regions by Open Range RV.  And the #2 Sales Volume dealer nationwide.  Here at the dealership, we are truly happy with being honored as such.  Being the largest Open Range RV dealer east of the Mississippi River is a great honor.  We would like to thank our current Open Range RV customers and owners, who have allowed up to receive such an award.

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!  LERCH RV IS THE #2 OPEN RANGE DEALERSHIP IN SALES VOLUME FOR 2012!  AND ALSO THE #1 DEALER IN THE MID-ATLANTIC / EAST COAST MARKETS. GREAT JOB!

Paul Sirian

Open Range Regional Sales Representative

If you are looking for a new or used Open Range RV, look no further than the largest Open Range dealer in Pennsylvania and the east coast, Lerch RV.

Largest RV Show in America – Pennsylvania RV Show

America’s largest RV and Camping Show in our backyard.

America’s largest RV and Camping Show is set to begin in  few short weeks.  Commonly called the Hershey RV Show or the Pennsylvania RV Show, America’s largest RV show lives up to its name.  Beginning September 12, 2012 and continuing until September 16, 2012.  This year’s RV show held at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will have something for everyone.  From the smallest tent trailer up to the largest, most luxurious motor-home.

Some things to remember while attending America’s largest RV and Camping show.  Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 9am – 8pm.  Sunday the RV show is open from 9am – 5pm.  Admission is $10 for adults, Children 12 and under are FREE.  After 3pm you can purchase a Twilight Pass for only $5.  A three-day pass will cost you $20.  Wednesday, September 12 is Senior Day (55+) at America’s largest RV Show.  Fifty percent off one full ticket price.  And Veterans are being honored everyday, save $1 off your admission. With proper ID. Remember only cash is accepted at entrance gates.

RVing OFFERS QUALITY TIME FOR FAMILIES

Today’s busy parents face the challenge of planning family vacations that provide quality time together without breaking the bank! In growing numbers, they’re finding the solution to their problem in recreation vehicles (RVs). RVs have become extremely popular for families with children, previously the province of the grandparents. In a study conducted by Louis Harris and Associates, 92% of parents who own RVs said they are the best way to travel with your family or children. The additional opportunity to go on short weekend trips adds to value of owning an RV.

The 44th Annual Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show can answer all those families with “first time RV” questions. There will be over 1300 RVs to compare all the models, prices and options that are available. Plus there will be many seminars offered on everything from traveling with children to purchasing the proper type of insurance.

OWNING AN RV IS NOT JUST FOR RETIREES

The thought that only retirees own an RV is not true anymore! Many families enjoy the RV lifestyle many weekends a year with quick trips, long holiday weekend get-a-ways, family vacations, football tailgate parties, NASCAR trips, plus many more activities that keep the RV family on the road!

Everything from the small pop-up camper to the full size motor-home lets the RVer “Pursue Their Passions” no matter where they are, no matter what they are! No reservations, to schedules, no lines, no lugging luggage…..freedom to “Pursue Your Passions”….let the first move be visiting the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show and explore the possibilities!

Camping in the Pennsylvania Heat

It is Summer and the temperatures have been heating up in our neck of the woods, with heat wave after heat wave. Camping season is in full swing and camping in these warmer temperatures can cause issues if you don’t take some precautions to stay safe in the heat. Here are few things we suggest that can help camping in the hot weather more enjoyable and safe.

  1. Stay hydrated: Drink lots of water when you’re spending time in the heat. It’s important to stay ahead of dehydration and drink water before you feel thirsty – the first sign of dehydration.
  2. Shade: When you’re setting up your campsite, think about creating the most shade possible. Staying out of direct sun will help keep you cool. Try to find the shadiest part of the campsite to set up you RV.
  3. Dress for the heat: Make sure to pack light clothes, both in color and weight.
  4. Wear SPF: It’s always important to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Always wear SPF and apply it several times throughout the day.
  5. Keep air circulating: If you’re spending lots of time inside of the RV, especially at night, it is important to keep air circulating. Using battery operated fans is a great way to keep the air moving.

These are just a few things you can do to help beat the heat on your summer camping excursions. Do you have any other tips to stay cool with the summer’s rising temperatures?

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

Cleaning Your RV: The Exterior

Lerch RV, Pennsylvania's largest Sprinter RV DealerLast week I posted some tips on how to best clean the interior of your RV, now we’re here to give you some tips on the best way to clean and care for the exterior of your camper. Taking the time to clean the exterior of your RV on a regular basis will allow you to notice any potential issues, such as leaks or siding damage.  Use the time while making your unit shine to perform some preventative maintenance.  Which will allow you to extend the life of your camper, while possibly easing the burden on your family budget.  RV problems can be expensive to fix, if left go too long.

First, we recommend that you clean it often and thoroughly to keep it looking shiny and new.  The longer dirt and residue sits on the exterior of your RV, the more potential damage it can cause. Some elements that can be highly damaging to your RV’s exterior if not washed off are road salt, road tar, bugs, bird droppings, tree sap, acid rain and UV exposure. These can cause corrosion, staining and chemical spotting. Be sure to always wash your RV soon after it is exposed to any of these elements. An added bonus is if you regularly wax your RV which will help protect the exterior. We don’t recommend taking your RV through automatic car washes, doing it by hand, while time-consuming, is the best way to clean the exterior of your RV. Even if you allow your camper to be parked on a permanent site, regular cleaning will allow you to enjoy your RV for years to come.

To clean the exterior of your RV, we suggest parking it in a place not in direct sunlight. First, spray it with water to remove dust. Next, using an abundant amount of clean water and a car-washing mitt/sponge and an RV washing brush, wash your RV from top to bottom. You can also use a mild car-washing soap. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and wipe dry with a soft cloth. Using extremely hot water and pressure can cause damage to the RV. Be sure to use caution and keep a pressure sprayer nozzle about 16 inches or more away from the RV. Also, use caution if you use a pressure sprayer around all attachments of the RV (doors, windows, appliance vents, etc.) When washing around glass with a pressure sprayer, hold the nozzle at right angles to the glass surface.  A pressure sprayer used in properly can damage  your RV, as well as force water into places where water should not be.

We recommend that you wax your RV at the very least once a year, two times a year would be great. To wax, apply a small amount of wax to a soft cloth and rub gently onto the exterior of your RV. Do not wax your RV in direct sunlight and do it after surfaces have cooled. This will avoid the wax drying out quickly. Do not use waxes that contain high-abrasive compounds. These waxes will remove rust and stains but they are also harmful to the luster of the surface since they may scrape off the coating. Do not use gasoline or paint thinners to remove road tar or other contamination to the painted surface. Use only approved cleaners to remove stubborn stains or marks.

In order to make your job easier when it comes to cleaning your new RV, consider having an exterior protection package, such as the Trident Exterior Protection System, applied to your RV before it even leaves the dealership.  This will prolong the life of that ‘new’ look as well as protect your exterior from many of the items listed above. Best of all most applications, such as Trident, are warranted for several years.  So why not help yourself protect your investment.

There you have it, some tips on keeping the exterior of your RV nice and clean. If you have questions about cleaning the exterior of your RV, be sure to contact your local central Pennsylvania dealer or your manufacturer’s customer service department.

2012 York RV Show, March 9-11.

Experience a Pennsylvania RV show like no other…

At the York RV Show, there are over 75 exhibitors related to the Recreational Vehicle lifestyle!  Whatever your interest or budget, there will be plenty to see. With late Winter/Spring manufacturer pricing incentives and being the last show before camping season make this show the perfect time and place to compare and shop.

Grab a pencil and a piece of paper before you come.  The results are in after years of surveying and statistical gathering, RV ownership and travel is very affordable.  Making a purchase at the York RV Show, still allows you time to buy for Spring delivery, and a Summer full of camping and family travel enjoyment.  This unique show promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 30,000 square feet of indoor display space spread out over two buildings.  And Lerch RV will be occupying a large section of that display area.  We will once again be displaying over 20 units.  All from industry leading RV manufacturers; Keystone RV Company and Open Range RV.  We will have on display some of these great brands: Open Range, Open Range Roamer, Open Range Light, Montana, Sprinter, Springdale, Summerland, and Copper Canyon to name a few. Also on display will be 40 campgrounds showcasing their facilities and 20 vendors offering products to enhance your RVing experience and lifestyle.

Resorts, Campgrounds, and RV lifestyle accessories surround the RV displays with vacation destination ideas plus fun.

Admission is $8.00 per person with children under 12 admitted free. Balloon designing clowns will be on hand to entertain the children. There will also be games, door prizes, and camping weekend giveaways.  However if you contact the Lerch RV Sales Team, we can provide you with a discount coupon. During the show you will find bingo games for free weekends of camping, camper games, instant door prizes, camping package prizes and strolling clowns to entertain children of all ages.

The York Expo Center is at Carlisle Avenue in the city of York. If traveling Interstate 83, get off exit 22, take Route 30E. Follow signs to Fairgrounds/Expo Center.

Your Lerch RV Sales Team looks forward to seeing you there.

A Few Good Tips for the Pennsylvania RV Newbie

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New to RVing? We can help. Everybody has to learn the ins and outs of RVing at some time. Hopefully, your mistakes and accidents will be minimal in the beginning.

I thought I would put together some things to think about as you prepare your new RV and yourself, to experience the RVing lifestyle like a pro!

  1. Take care of your black water tank. This is one of the most important things to learn about. If your RV doesn’t have a black water tank sprayer, dump plenty of water down the toilet to clean it out. Add recommended chemicals regularly to ensure that tank material biodegrades properly. Packets are the fastest and easiest to use and require the least storage space; just toss one down the toilet with a gallon of water. Use RV toilet paper; it biodegrades faster.
  2. Make a maintenance checklist. Make a checklist of things to do before and after each RV trip to ensure that you don’t forget any maintenance procedures while you’re learning. Make notes of anything that you need to keep an eye on so that you can check it consistently. You don’t want any surprises while you’re on the road.
  3. Keep fridge and pantry stocked. Keep non-perishable staples on-board all season so you’re ready for spur-of-the-moment getaways.  Make sure they are foods that will work together to make a meal.  Remember to use food before their expiration date.
  4. Keep clothing, gear on board. Keep a set of toiletries, toothbrushes, clothing, games, leisure gear, pet supplies, etc. on board so that you have minimal packing to do at vacation time.

This is just a very small list to get you started in your quest to become an experienced camper.  Did I miss anything you experienced RVers? Please share more tips in the comments below….

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

RVing is a great way to Support our National Parks

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It’s about time to start talking about your 2012 RV travel plans. If you plan on staying at some of the more popular national parks, you may want to go ahead and make your reservations now. Please consider adding in some more visits to the national parks in 2012. They could use your patronage now.

Having already grown accustomed to a dwindling budget in recent years, the National Park Service is now facing the prospect of a decade of across-the-board cuts starting at nearly 8 percent in 2013.

What this could mean is shorter seasons at some national parks, staff reductions, deferred infrastructure maintenance, campground closings and reduced amenities.

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) released a report stating that in fiscal year 2011 the National Park Service had funding reduced by $140 million, including $11.5 million for operations. Since 2002, the report states, the agency’s discretionary budget has decreased from $3 billion to $2.6 billion in today’s dollars.

The organization’s report arrives at a time when the nation is mired in debate over how to trim the federal government’s deficit. The Budget Control Act of 2011, enacted in August, calls for cutting the deficit by roughly $900 billion through caps on discretionary spending beginning in 2012 and ending in 2021. Those spending caps will affect the national park system.

So, even though the nation park system is a tiny part of the federal budget, they will almost certainly be affected. Please do what you can to support our national parks. Plan a RV tour of your favorite parks for 2012!

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

Pennsylvania RVers Boost Phone and Internet Range with an Antenna

I came across this great post about external antennas for your RV or trailer. I would guess that 99% of all RVers travel with a cell phone to keep in touch, plus they have a laptop computer to get travel info and email. That’s all great and good as long as you stay in the city where the reception is good. But RVers usually don’t spend their vacations in cities, they like to explore the great outdoors in their RVs and trailers. Unfortunately, there may be times when you have to sacrifice the modern-day amenities of mobile phones and internet connections. However, if you get a long-range antenna, that possibility can be reduced.
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This omnidirectional antenna is a good antenna for maximizing your reach when you’re in the middle of nowhere!
Here’s one RVer’s method: This gentleman mounted a roof-mount style satellite dish base on the top of his motor-home, using the appropriate sealant to prevent water leakage. But instead of topping the mount with a satellite dish, he used U-bolts to mount a omnidirectional/tri-band cellular antenna. This one covers frequency ranges for both his cell phone and his wireless broadband/internet card.

He routed the connection cable from the antenna, down through the rig’s gray water holding tank vent line. Inside the rig he bored a hole into the vent line (where it was accessible from in the living area), routed the cable out of the vent line, and then used a sealant to both “keep the stink out,” and to act as a protective grommet to prevent friction between the vent pipe and the antenna coax. The whole shooting match plugs into either the cell phone, or into a jack in his broadband card. If your card doesn’t have a jack for an antenna, there are inductive couplers that attach to broadband cards, allowing you to rig them to an external antenna.

Once on location, it’s a simple job to climb up the RV’s roof access ladder, lift the satellite dish mount into its “working” position, then turn the antenna around to point to the nearest cellular site. With a 24dB gain, this setup will bring signal roaring in that might otherwise be lost in space.[RV Tech Tips]

Take the time this winter to add some accessories like this to your RV. Then in the spring you’ll have some new RV toys to play with!

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!